Regional Reports-Midwest

Devils Lake

They call them "snakes," "slimes," "snot rockets" and "gators." It's the Rodney Dangerfield of game fish in North Dakota. Respect goes to the walleye, but Devils Lake's northern pike are gaining ground. High water has transformed Devils Lake into a giant pike rearing pond. Flooded fields and trees provide unlimited spawning habitat and a large forage base. Pike reproduction is phenomenal and fish are averaging over four pounds, with double-digit fish common and 20-pounders possible.Both boat- and shore-anglers do well. The Minnewaukan Flats on the west end of the lake, Channel A and the Mauvais Coulee areas are the hot spots. The daily limit is 5 and the possession limit is 10. Bait-anglers use frozen smelt or herring, multiple live-minnow rigs and bobbers or bottom rigs. Others use the traditional spoons, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. A new technique gaining in popularity is fly-casting streamers in the shallows. Contact: Devils Lake Area Visitors Committee (701-662-4903).